#IrishAbroad: The Clockmaker’s Dream to compete at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival
Made Image Films has announced that their short film The Clockmaker’s Dream has been officially selected by Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), as the only Irish participant out of more than 3300 submissions from around the world.
2017 marked the first year SIFF includes short films in the nine-day program. The competition for short film places has been incredible since the call for entry in February. The Festival Committee revealed that there are 23 short films officially selected out of 3300 submissions. The Clockmaker’s Dream as the only Irish participant, will screen for a Chinese audience together with films from France, thee United States, and China. The shorts section will have its own prize for Jin Jue (Golden Goblet) award.
It’s been a fantastic journey for this short film since 2016 finding audiences and receiving the accolades that the crew and cast truly deserve for delivering this story which was very challenging on the budget I think Shanghai is wonderful opportunity to reach even greater audiences while also bring due attention to the talents in the film and also the rich variety of Irish shorts that are been made by filmmakers in Ireland.
Cashell Horgan, Director
The Clockmaker’s Dream is a fantasy/art-house live-action film directed by multi-award winner Cashell Horgan, starring Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill), and is narrated by Jared Harris (The Crown). The screenplay won a prize from Limerick County Council as part of the city’s bidding for European Capital of Culture 2020. The film was shot in Bunratty Folk Park in Co. Clare and featured landmarks and skyline of Limerick city.
The short film started festival tour in 2016 and won 18 awards to date internationally. Upcoming festival appearances are Shanghai International FF, Transylvania (Cluj) International FF, Short Shorts Asia (Tokyo), a few in Italy, and special award presentation at the Avanca Film festival Portugal. It will also be part of inflight programme for Aer Lingus International in August and September.
Horgan has another fantasy short in post-production and a number feature projects in development stage with Made Image films.
The Shanghai International Film Festival is China’s only A-category international film festival accredited by the Federation of Film Producers Associations, and is one of the largest film festivals in East Asia. In 2015 the festival received a record number of 2,096 film submissions from 108 countries, and screened 391 films 1,275 times on 51 screens in 45 movie theaters in 17 Shanghai districts, reaching an audience of over 300,000, and earning nearly $2.9 million in box office. Previous Irish films that have played there include Song of the Sea and Pursuit.
The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival runs Saturday, June 17th to Monday, June 26th.